General Nicholas Herkimer Chapter, Herkimer, N.Y.

Herkimer Free Library

Herkimer Free Library, Herkimer, N.Y.

Source: History of New York State Conference Daughters of the American Revolution, Its Officers and Chapters with National Officers from New York and Roster of Real Daughters. Compiled by (Mrs. Frederick) Florence Skidmore Brown Menges, State Historian, and Mrs. Charles White Nash, State Regent. 1923.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a society of women who can document their lineage back to an ancestor who contributed to the creation of the United States as a nation. Chapters across the U.S. work on projects that preserve and maintain historical locations, buildings, and other cultural resources, and keep the memories alive of events before and since the Revolution. Many local cemeteries and documents have been transcribed by members of area DAR chapters. Some of them no longer exist except for DAR documentation. Public service throughout the region is just one of many success stories of the Gen. Nicholas Herkimer chapter.


Organized 1906          Membership 52

An eminent historian has said that General Herkimer "was one stout patriot whose name shines conspicuously in the picturesque annals of the Revolution." He was commander of Tryon county militia, a veteran over sixty years of age, when he marched at the head of 800 men to the relief of Fort Stanwix. Although his original plan failed, his party did not reach the fort and he received fatal wounds, his engagement with the enemy enabled Colonel Gansevoort to rout them and capture valuable papers and supplies.

General Nicholas Herkimer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was organized October 28, 1896, with fourteen charter members.

May 10th, the Battle of Ticonderoga was selected as an historical event worthy of recognition and has been observed as Chapter Day. Red and white were adopted as chapter colors and America as its hymn.

Seven Revolutionary graves have been marked.

Entertainments of many kinds have been given for patriotic, historical and charitable work, hospital ship supplies and generous donations to the Red Cross as the following summary will show. Memorial Funds, $42; repairing historical spots, $92.23; Library Fund, $62.10; Memorial Day Fund, $42; Flood Sufferers Fund, $45; Berry School Fund, $70; Real Daughters, $10.25; Continental Hall Fund, $205.00; Patriotic gifts, $43.44; Patriotic education, $17.95; French orphans, $72; Charity Fund, $69; furnishing a room in General Herkimer's old home $200; Statue of General Herkimer, $921.47; Spinner pedestal and statue, $1,095.67; marking General Herkimer's route, $178.86; Pilgrim Mother's Monument, $12.50; National Society for Liberty Bonds, $50.00; Three Liberty Bonds purchased by the chapter, $150. A total of over $3,300 has been raised, and expended by the chapter since its organization in its different branches of patriotic work.

The profile above was contributed by Asst. County Coordinator Lisa Slaski and typed by Rita Gros Parish. A copy of the book it appears in is available for viewing at the main branch of the Orange County Library System, Orlando, FL. All punctuation, spelling and sentence structure are as appear in the original.

Volunteer Rita Gros Parish tells us:

"I am a descendant of Captain Lawrence and Maria Failing Gros. Our tree is connected to the Moyer, Smith, Fort, Fox, Bronner, Fetterly, Kinter, Snyder, Dingman, Countryman, Dockstader, Nellis, Backus, Reese, Warner, Harwick, Loucks, Abeel, Schuyler, Snell, Dygert, Knouts, Gray, Bellinger, Hall, Walter and Kast families. Like all genealogy enthusiasts, I am finding cousins and connections I never realized growing up in the Mohawk Valley."

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